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Let the party begin: Peadar Tóibín enjoyed winning elections with former Sinn Féin colleagues but has launched his own party. Photo: Tom Burke

Let the party begin: Peadar Tóibín enjoyed winning elections with former Sinn Féin colleagues but has launched his own party. Photo: Tom Burke

Let the party begin: Peadar Tóibín enjoyed winning elections with former Sinn Féin colleagues but has launched his own party. Photo: Tom Burke

AONTU (meaning unity or agreement) is the name of Ireland's newest political party. It has a tough road ahead, if history is anything judge by.

Clann na Poblachta was founded in 1946 by Nobel and Lenin Peace Prize winner Seán MacBride. It was a radical republican party that attracted disaffected urban voters who wished to move on from Civil War politics in step with others who wanted a more militant republican party than Fianna Fáil.

It won two seats in by-elections in 1947 and 10 seats in 1948. By 1951 it was reduced to two seats and in 1965 there was a single TD. In July 1965 the party dissolved itself.


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